Fibre Federal Credit Union Makes Community Giving a Priority
September 18, 2018
In 1937, Fibre Federal Credit Union was founded by 63 employees of the paper mill, Longview Fibre Company, as a way to help one another by providing affordable loans. Since its beginning, the credit union has grown to more than 94,000 members, but it still looks to its roots to help the communities it serves.
Fibre staff members give back to their communities in a variety of ways, partnering with and investing in interests such as education, healthcare, animal welfare, and addressing the needs of low-income families. Fibre serves the communities of
Longview, Kelso, Castle Rock, Kalama, and Woodland, Wash., as well as Rainier, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Newport, and Seaside, Ore.
One of its programs focuses on children and animals. For each account opened for a member age 11 or younger, Fibre donates $5 to the animal shelter nearest to the branch opening the account. Last year, through this effort, the credit union donated $3,760 to animal shelters in Fibre’s service areas. Those dollars provided beds, food, and health services for homeless animals.
At Fibre’s Tillamook branch, staff members work the last Saturday of each month at the local food bank. They volunteer to guide visitors through the food pantry, helping them fill boxes, and loading them into vehicles. Serving the community by donating their time is one of the most rewarding experiences for Fibre employees.
Each January through May, Fibre partners with Columbia Theatre in Longview, Wash., to offer the Rainy Month Series, a variety of family friendly stage shows provided at a greatly reduced ticket price. Before each show, staff members host free events for families that include goodie bags for kids, craft tables, and giveaways.
Fibre President and CEO Christopher Bradberry believes it’s Fibre’s combined approach to investing in their communities – volunteer efforts, financial contributions, and planned events – that sets the credit union apart from other financial services providers.
“At Fibre Federal Credit Union, we believe that by volunteering our time and resources, we can shape a more positive future for our communities and our members,” said Bradberry. “We choose to invest in programs that improve the overall vitality and quality of life for residents throughout our field of membership.”
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